March 24, 2018

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Tennessee Edition

The Texans moved to 2-0 on Sunday with another crazy comeback win, this time defeating the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime. The Texans actually led going into the fourth quarter but found themselves down by 8 with five minutes left to play. They managed to tie the game and even had a chance to win in regulation. In overtime, DeAndre Hopkins took over and caught the game winning touchdown.


The Good

DeAndre Hopkins took over the game at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime. He showed the ball skills and ability to go up and make contested catches that made him a first round pick. While he hasn’t been getting great separation, he is still able to make catches in coverage. The running game was also very good this game. Ben Tate was making big plays on the edges, while Arian Foster was getting the tough yards. One of the biggest plays of the game came on the two-point conversion where Foster was hit at the line of scrimmage but willed himself into the end zone to tie the game. The defense also played very well. They kept the Texans in the game while the offense struggled. Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt combined for 16 tackles and four sacks. Shane Lechler was also instrumental in the field position game, pinning the Titans inside their 20 yard line five times.


The Bad

As good as the defense played, they didn’t force a single turnover. On the flip side, Matt Schaub threw two interceptions, including one pick six. Those seven extra points were one of the differences between the Texans winning in regulation and having to go to overtime. Because of the turnover differential, the inferior Titans were able to stay in the game.


The Ugly

Randy Bullock was 0-3 in field goals, including missing a kick at the end of the game that would have and should have been the game winner. One bright spot is that he did kick all four of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. As of now, spending a 5th round draft pick on Bullock looks very bad as there are multiple undrafted free agent kickers having more success than he has.

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